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UP's Bright Akhuetie hailed as UAAP Season 81 MVP

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By Franchesca Nicole Collantes

MANILA - The future is brighter for the UP Fighting Maroons.

Not only that they ended their 21-year Final Four drought, but also, their prized center Bright Akhuetie was hailed as the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball Most Valuable Player.

After 32 years, or since Eric Altamirano got the MVP award for UP in its 1986 championship run, finally, Akhuetie became the MVP for the Fighting Maroons in 2018.

UP's Nigerian center got a total of 82.5 statistical points, edging out ADMU's Ivorian rookie Angelo Kouame, who ranked at number 2 with 76.2 SP's.

Due to a rule that only one foreign student-athlete shall be included in the Mythical Five, Kouame will also miss the Mythical Five, leading to sixth-ranked Jerrick Ahanmisi being a part of Mythical Five of this season.

Akhuetie and Ahanmisi, who got 58.38 SP's, will be joined by UE Red Warrior Alvin Pasaol (74.57), fellow UP Fighting Maroon Juan Gomez de LiaƱo (63.86), and DLSU Green Archer Justine Baltazar (61.29). 

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